Adobe has announced that the company will not continue to develop Flash for mobiles. In a post on the company's blog, Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of Interactive Development at Adobe, said that HTML5 is now “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms”.
Apple's refusal to support Flash on its mobile devices has been a long-standing point of contention between the two companies. In 2010, Steve Jobs wrote an open letter detailing his issues with Flash, highlighting its unsuitability for devices with limited battery life and incompatibility with touch-based controls, as well as its security issues. At the time, Jobs pointed to HTML5 as a better alternative, allowing the same functionality “without relying on third party browser plug-ins”.
This follows the news that Windows 8's 'Metro' style browsing, as used for tablet devices, will be HTML5-only and not support Flash.